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Marion Fourth of July Parade 2017

Marion 4th of July Parade

The Marion Fourth of July Parade went off without a hitch on Tuesday.  The day dawned warm and partly cloudy.  It was a little on the hot side but typical Fourth of July Parade weather.  There were floats, bands, marching veterans, brownies and girl scouts, antique cars and tractors to name a few of the parade participants.  There were flags handed out and of course lots of candy for the kids.  The parade ended with the tri-town fire trucks and paraphernalia with sirens blaring and lights flashing.  It is always a great tradition in the Town of Marion and the streets were lined with families watching the parade.  It’s a great hometown tradition and followed on the heels of the Marion Fireworks which returned this year on Sunday night July 2nd  at Silvershell Beach.

It made for a spectacular Fourth of July Holiday in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on July 5, 2017.

cardboard boats

Cardboard Boats Fill Mattapoisett Harbor

Students take over Mattapoisett Harbor with cardboard boats

By Tanner Harding | Jun 15, 2017

Photo by: Tanner HardingStudents race across the harbor in homemade boats.

MATTAPOISETT — If the Titanic had sailed into Mattapoisett Harbor, it wouldn’t have sank. There are no icebergs in Buzzards Bay, afterall. At least, this is the reasoning of a group of Old Rochester Regional Junior High students who named their cardboard boat the JHS Titanic.

“We named it that because it looks unsinkable,” Ethan McElroy said about naming the boat after the doomed ship.

It seems McElroy, his brother Lucas McElroy, Max Vivino and Caleb Devoe were onto something, as they had one of the fastest race times of the day.

The foursome was part of the junior high group that took to the seas instead of the woods, choosing to take part in cardboard boat races in Mattapoisett Harbor, rather than participating in the Survival camping trip.

Students were free to design their boats however they saw fit, with a few exceptions: it could only be made using cardboard and duct tape, and the tape can’t cover the entire boat.

Alyssa Fornaro, Savannah Texeira, Hanna Texeira, Haley Andrews and Maya Mcleod, creators of the fan-favorite boat Aquafart, decided to use cardboard tubes in their design.

“We used tubes because they have air in them so they’ll help us float,” Fornaro said.

The group of Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos focused more on the aesthetics, and went for a Viking-themed boat.

“Dragons are cool and we saw a lot of Viking boats online, so we did that,” Curry said.

However, Viking flags and dragon designs aside, they didn’t ignore the practical side either.

“We put a lot of layers,” Scully said. “Just a ton of layers of cardboard.”

Not all the boats held up in the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Caleb Devoe, Max Vivino, Ethan McElroy and Lucas McElroy hope the JHS Titanic has a more successful maiden voyage than its namesake. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Fan-favorite Aquafart heads to the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Alyssa Fornaro and Savannah Texeira row as hard as they can. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos get ready to take to the high seas.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Ethan and Lucas McElroy celebrate their win. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 20, 2017.
graduations

Local High School Graduations

graduationIt’s graduation time and many area high schools held their graduation ceremonies last weekend.  Old Rochester Regional High School graduated approximately 176 students on Saturday, June 3rd. Despite cloudy skies, the rain held off and the graduation was held outside.   149 will go on to higher education and 7 have chosen the military.

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester graduated 132 students from Acushnet, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Carver, Freetown and Lakeville on Sunday, June 4th.   Superintendent Aaron Polansky and English Teacher Gina Despres both had words of wisdom for the graduates.

Fairhaven High Graduation was held on Sunday June 4th.  The graduation was also held outside due to the good weather.

Dartmouth High School  held their graduation ceremonies on Sunday June 4th also as well as Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth.

New Bedford Vocational Technical High School  in New Bedford  will be holding their graduation today June 7th at 6 pm at the football field.

Friday, June 9th will be graduation day for Wareham High School Seniors.

Tabor Academy held an early graduation on Monday, May 29th Memorial Day at 2 pm.

Good luck to all the area graduates as they continue on to the next step in their journey we call  life.

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Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River, sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, will take place on Monday, May 29, starting at 8:30 am at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir, Snipatuit Road, in Rochester and finish at the Herring Weir, River Road at Route 6, in Mattapoisett.

The minimum age for contestants is seven years old on Memorial Day. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer design of any material you choose. There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.

Divisions include open men’s/women’s, junior boys, junior girls, co-ed and parent/child. Junior division teams are both contestants under 14 years old. Parent/child is for a parent with his/her child (child under 14 years old) or an adult (25 or older) with a child (child under 14 years old). Trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division.

Pre-registration is required. Contestants may register at the Rochester Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Road, on Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. No registrations will be accepted after Friday, May 19 at 8:00 pm. It may be prudent for contestants that raced last year to submit their paper work on the first night of registration in the event of unforeseen circumstances that prevent them from attending the last registration and losing the starting position they earned based on last year’s finish position. This would also make the work load on the registration staff a bit easier on the last night of registration.

Rules and registration forms may be obtained at Lloyd’s Market and at the registration sessions. A signed registration form must be submitted by each contestant for a team to be eligible to draw a starting position.

The Boat Race Ham & Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of the Memorial Day weekend, May 27, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rochester Memorial School. Tickets for the supper may be purchased at the door.

William Watling III has again offered to make two carbon fiber racing paddles – one straight shaft and one bent shaft – to be raffled separately at the supper. Raffle tickets are $5 each per paddle and may be purchased at the registration sessions and at the supper. Proceeds from the supper, along with donations, fund the expenses of the race. (There is no registration/entry fee to race.)

Trophies and prizes will be awarded on Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm.

For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Arthur F. Benner at 508-763-2024.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 16, 2017.

Fieldstone Farm Market

Grand Opening, Thursday, May 25th 9 AM

Fieldstone Farm MarketFieldstone Farm Market in Marion is gearing up for its Grand Opening on Thursday, May 25th at 9 AM.   The new asphalt parking lot is done and all the work on the inside is moving forward.  The shelves are filling up and new products are coming in every day.   Stay tuned for some of the fresh, organic products which will line the shelves.

The new wooden bins are awaiting the fresh fruit and produce which will fill them up as well as baked goods, ready-made foods, specialty coffees and olive oils, to name a few.  The ice cream window is nearing completion and all the accessories are being put into place for the grand opening.   Owner, Arnie Johnson, of Rochester is welcoming new staff and is excited to see everything come into fruition.

Stay tuned for more updates and a list of some of the vendors and items that will make this a truly unique market and a great addition to the town of Marion.

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This blog was posted on www.fieldstonefarmmarket.com on May 12, 2017.

ORR Junior High

ORR Junior High Sports New Artwork

Student-designed fresco fascinates at junior high

By Andrea Ray | May 02, 2017

Photo by: Andrea RayDelaney Shaw under the mural she brought to ORR Junior High School

MATTAPOISETT — When most people see a beautiful piece of art, they admire it. They might even buy it and hang it on their own wall.

Unluckily for Rochester resident Delaney Shaw, a 20-foot high mural is not the best fit for the average house. So she used the next-best canvas: a school wall.

A school wall you say? That’s grounds for detention, surely.

Well, not so much. This particular piece, a large and spreading mural above the inner courtyard at the junior high school, has been planned for the last year and a half. Shaw, an eighth grader and Rochester resident, found herself with a rather sudden idea to help brighten up the junior high.

“I was at the New Bedford Christmas Stroll,” she explained. “My mother and I were looking at the artwork, and I thought it was really cool. I thought it would be neat to get it in the school.”

She brought her idea to Old Rochester Junior High School Principal Kevin Brogioli not long after she initially dreamed it up. “She came by about a year and a half ago,” he said, “and she had an idea for school improvement.”

Brogioli, while impressed with Delaney’s vision, admitted he hadn’t initially expected her to pull it off. “A lot of kids come to me with good intentions and ideas,” he explained. “So often though the idea drops off when they become busy with something else, or the answer isn’t immediate.”

The long process didn’t deter Delaney. Brogioli explained that she had to get permission for the mural from both the School Committee and the school’s facilities department. Neither party was initially enthusiastic about a twenty-foot high mural on the inner courtyard wall. Delaney’s patient persistence eventually won them over, however, and they relented.

With permission secured, it was time to find the right artists. Luckily, Delaney’s mother Andrea Shaw actually knew two of the artists whose work they’d seen on the New Bedford Christmas Stroll. Todd Woodward and Ryan McFee are both graduates of ORR and professional artists. After several years in Boston, Rory McFee now runs his own gallery in New Bedford, Paradise McFee. Todd Woodward can be found in Brooklyn, working in fine art and as an award-winning tattoo artist.

“It was intimidating to call them!” Delaney said. Luckily, both artists retain fond memories of ORR, and were happy to design the mural. Delaney, Brogioli, Woodward and McFee emailed back and forth about their own artistic visions. “I really wanted something to do with the Navigator,” Delaney explained, referring to the junior high school’s mascot. Eventually McFee and Woodward worked that idea into an imposing compass rose, flanked by waves and two red birds.

“The hardest part was staying with it,” Delaney said. “Everyone gets so busy that you don’t hear back right away.”

That includes Delaney herself, who was invited to last year’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference. She’s also a devoted ice hockey and lacrosse player.

Even with her workload, she remains at work on the mural project. With the mural itself finished, now is the time to put together a Mother’s Day concert, which will fundraise for the mural and other arts projects within the junior high. The concert, to be played on May 14, will feature Rochester native Rebecca Correia, who spends a great deal of her time these days recording music in Nashville, Tennessee. Correia, said Delaney, was also happy to contribute her time to the cause.

Brogioli is hopeful that any extra funds will go towards funding further art projects in the future. He remains amazed at Delaney’s resourcefulness.

“Delaney’s initiative to follow through is so rare at her age,” he said. “It took a year and a half, but it wouldn’t have happened without her.”

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 2, 2017.

 

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Spring Events in Marion and Rochester

springLearn how to prevent tick-borne diseases May 4

MARIONLyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis, relapsing fever and Powassan virus.

Visit Taber Library on Thursday, May 4, at 4PM as Entomologist Larry Dapsis reviews the basic life cycle and ecology of ticks, disease incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses. A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable.

Larry Dapsis received his B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and an M.S. in Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Mr. Dapsis has thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including vegetables, cranberries, and household Insects. He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist. For more information, please call us at 508-748-1252.

 

Rochester Historical Society yard sale May 20

Apr 23, 2017

The Rochester Historical Society will hold a yard sale at the East Rochester Church / Museum, 355 County Road, Rochester on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items may be donated for the sale on each Friday morning in May from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No clothing or electronics, please.

Please call 508-763-2122 with any questions.

“Dorothy in Wonderland” at Sippican School

Apr 25, 2017

Dorothy in Wonderland: The Musical is coming to Sippican School on Thursday May 4th.

This fantasy story takes place when, trying to return home to Kansas, Dorothy gets trapped in another tornado. She ends up in Wonderland, where she meets Alice and they have many adventures together as they try to return home.

The play will take place in Sippican School’s Multipurpose Room at 5:00. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors/students. There is a family cap price of $30.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on April 25, 2017.

Rochester

Rochester Town Election Results

Woody Hartley sweeps Selectman seat with 50 percent of votes

By Andrea Ray | Apr 12, 2017   Sippican Week

Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III won a seat on Rochester’s Board of Selectmen Wednesday night with a little over 50 percent of all votes.

After a hard-fought election season, Hartley swept to a Selectman chair with 584 votes out of a total of 1,159 cast. Incumbent Richard Nunes, vying to return to his chair after several terms, garnered 326 votes.

Fellow candidate Ben Bailey garnered 239 votes. He inspected the number sheet with raised eyebrows.

“Wow, he really took it, didn’t he? Good for him,” he said earnestly of Hartley.

Hartley, who spent 18 years as Rochester’s Town Moderator, was visibly emotional in victory. He thanked the citizens of Rochester for turning out to vote, and his family for supporting him. “I know my father would be very proud,” he said as he and his family left Rochester Senior Center, where polling took place.

The Board of Selectmen race held a surprising number of twists and turns for a normally sleepy town. During Candidates’ Night in late March, Nunes accused Hartley of having several interests in conflict with a possible Selectmen seat – Hartley’s wife is a longtime member of Rochester’s School Committee, and his sister is the President of the town’s Womens Club.

Professing himself disappointed in the accusatory tone, Hartley denied any conflicts of interest. He stated that his sister and wife are both volunteers for their respective committees and made no money from their positions.

More sparks flew when Rochester residents received a mailing in favor of Hartley, describing Nunes and Bailey as two peas in a fiscally-irresponsible pod. Hartley denied that he was the source of the mailers, noting his previous distaste for “politics at the level of the recent national elections.”

In other election news, Naida Parker will return as Town Clerk with 897 total votes. Tax Collector Beatrice Renauld garnered 931 votes; Herring Inspector William Watling received 942 votes; Board of Health member W. David Souza received 920 votes.

Arnie Johnson returns to Rochester’s Planning Board with 873 votes; Plumb Library Committee members Phoebe Butler and Rhonda Reints received 885 and 816 votes; Cemetery Commission member David Shaw received 921 votes; Water Commission member Fred Underhill received 909 votes.

Board of Assessors members Jana Cavanaugh and and Deb Lalli received 904 and 895 votes respectively.

Rochester School Committee members Meghan Bennett and Anne Fernandes received 678 and 747 votes respectively.

Joe Pires, won a write-in campaign for a vacant seat on the ORR School Committee.

Question 1, which would have allowed a 15-year property tax increase, of about $40 per resident per year, to finance repairs and resurfacing of Hartley Road and High Street, was denied by voters. They voted it down by 588 negative votes to 323 positive votes.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on April 13, 2017.

New Scoutmaster for Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31

Scoutmaster Retires, Passes the Torch

Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31 said a fond farewell to its scoutmaster of nine years, Michael Blanchard, and inducted its new scoutmaster, Kevin “KT” Thompson, on April 3 at the Rochester Grange Hall.

Blanchard was the guest of honor for this special occasion, having been invited as a special guest only to be surprised by a crowd that gathered to honor him for his years of service and dedication to the boys of Rochester.

During the ceremony, the scouts and parent scout volunteers presented Blanchard with a number of gifts, some silly, some sentimental, and the Rochester Firemen’s Association was on hand to present Blanchard with an American flag that the Fire Department had flown outside the fire station that day.

Some things spoken about Blanchard that night: apparently he doesn’t like to wear socks (but he did that night), he always has his bug spray, and, as Thompson put it, the shoes he must fill are enormous ones – socks, or no socks.

The leader reflections on Blanchard’s service given by other scout leaders were, at times, emotional as they read poems that reminded them of Blanchard’s character and his contribution to scouting.

Blanchard thanked those who were in attendance and turned to his scouts, saying those boys “…Would forever be my boys.”

Before cutting the giant cake with an uncanny likeness of Blanchard on top fashioned out of frosting, Thompson took the oath and the torch was passed from Blanchard to Thompson.

“You are relieved,” said Thompson to Blanchard. “I am relieved,” Blanchard replied.

By Jean Perry

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on April 11, 2017.

Easter

Easter Activities in the Tri-town

Easter is almost here and the tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester each have Easter Egg  Hunts in their respective towns.

MATTAPOISETT– The Mattapoisett Lions Club will be hosting the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  The event will be held at Veteran’s Park at Ned’s Point Lighthouse from 11:00 to 12:00.  Weather permitting.

ROCHESTER – The Plumb Corner mall will host an Easter event on Saturday, April 8, from noon to 12:30 p.m. that will include an Easter Egg Hunt, hay rides, parade, crafts, DJ Howie for tunes, Vinny the Bubble Guy and – most importantly – the Rochester Police Department will be conducting a food drive for Rochester seniors so patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable item to stuff the cruiser. Donations for the food drive can also be dropped off anytime at the Law Offices of Matthew H. Beaulieu, 565 Rounseville Road, Suite 5.

MARION – The Sippican Lands Trust’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by RO Parker Electric, will be held Saturday, April 8 (rain date, Saturday, April 15), 10 a.m. at Peirson Woods, Point Road.

For ages 3-10 – bring your Easter Basket.

So come on out with your Easter Baskets and join in the fun!

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